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Inanna [Dec. 18th, 2004|09:41 am]
Tony Grist
We closed the coven and I took a long holiday from spirituality/religion/metaphysics.

I picture it as a Caribbean cruise, a long laziness, with pauses for refreshment at islands of palm trees and burning white sand, ringed by water of the most exquisite turquoise blue.

I have been a lotos eater.

But spirituality/religion/metaphysics is my business. It's what interests me. The gods don't let go.

Nor the goddesses.

I was talking to jackiejj about Inanna, the Sumerian Great Goddess- how she goes into the underworld to confront her sister Ereshkigal and is stripped of her finery and hung up on hooks like a side of beef.

And I remembered writing an initiation ritual from which the candidate emerges new born and is greeted with three gifts and three sayings,

"You are Inanna the owl, who flies in the dark."

"You are Inanna the owl, who sees in the dark."

"You are Inanna the owl, who is wed to the dark."

[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2004-12-18 10:49 am (UTC)
I wonder: what if your next novel were about Inanna?

What a tale that would be.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-12-18 11:52 am (UTC)
It's an idea.....

I know I want to do something different. Something unlike anything I've attempted before.
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[User Picture]From: craftyailz
2004-12-19 02:33 pm (UTC)
That takes me back - one of our best rituals I reckon.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-12-19 02:48 pm (UTC)
It was.

The version is the book is cut back to the essentials. As I remember the version we actually performed featured people in lions' masks and all sorts...
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